Micropternus gularis, Jerd.
179. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 294; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 386.
THE MADRAS RUFOUS WOODPECKER.
Length, 7 to 9; wing, 4.8 ; tail, 2.5 to 3 ; bill at front, 0.9.
Bill blackish; orbital skin slaty; irides brown; legs slaty.
Head dusky-brown; the rest of body rufous-bay, with cross bars of dusky black; a crimson stripe in the male; chin, throat, lower sides of neck, dark olive-brown, the feathers edged with white; lower parts unspotted bay; under tail-coverts faintly barred with dusky.
The Madras Rufous Woodpecker is a permanent resident in the forests of the Sahyadri Range, and occurs as far north as Khandalla, where it is not very uncommon. It has not been recorded from any other place within the district.